Type 2 diabetes is a growing concern around the world, and now NHS England announced on Tuesday that it would offer a nine-month health and fitness coaching for free for those most at risk.
Thousands of people who are overweight or obese will be offered personal trainers and exercise classes as part of the nine-month offering. GPs have identified up to 100,000 people who could benefit from it, and it would cost the public £320 per course.
The National Health Service (NHS) has said that it will be available in 27 areas in England first, but will be available across the nation within the next four years. Those who have high blood sugar levels will have the opportunity to be referred. The sessions will last nine months, but there will be 13 of them that last up to two hours each, and will educate people and help them exercise more.
A pilot scheme has already proven to be successful. All participants in one lost weight and 50 percent reduced their risk of diabetes. The classes involved education on lifestyle and diet and a mixture of interval and high intensity workouts. Not all will have dedicated personal trainers, according to The Daily Mail.
This is not the first time the NHS has offered free sessions to help with diet and exercise. In May 2014, the NHS shared that people overweight were being offered referrals to branded weight loss clubs, including Weight Watchers and Slimming World. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence said that this was a positive move, as the £50 per head referral would outweigh the costs on the NHS in the future.
Ministers have said something similar about this new scheme. While it will cost the NHS around £30 million per year, it will be effective for saving money in the future.
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